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Evolution - it's only a theory

  1. Jan 22, 2009 #1

    mgb_phys

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    Mississippi lawmakers are proposing a disclaimer on textbooks discussing evolution

    "This textbook discusses evolution, a controversial theory some scientists present as a scientific explanation for the origin of living things. No one was present when life first appeared on earth. Therefore, any statement about life's origins should be considered a theory,"

    http://www.christianpost.com/Educat...mer-proposed-for-miss-textbooks-20/index.html

    Perhaps this reasonable approach and should be extended to other areas ?

    This electrical substation outlet contains 17KV electricity - however this is only a theory and no one has ever seen an electron so you should use your faith to decide if whether to touch.

    Gravity is only a theory and elements are refuted by general relativity so you should decide if you need a safety railing on this bridge.
     
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  3. Jan 22, 2009 #2
    Human intelligence is also just a theory.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2009 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    I can measure both electric potential and the force due to what we call gravity.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2009 #4

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    They could have been created by God though - so assuming you will conduct/fall because a theory says so is a lack of faith.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2009 #5
    I don't get it. He was using Irony.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2009 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    The examples given don't apply...just an observation.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2009 #7

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    I don't need faith to feel an electrical shock. Or are you suggesting that God is manipulating my voltmeter? If God is a trickster, that could be true. :biggrin:

    We come up with theories to explain observations. But I don't need a theory to make an observation.
     
  9. Jan 22, 2009 #8
    Sure they do. We can (and have) used Evolution to make predictions and then found fossils to verify (and confirm) those predictions.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2009 #9

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    As I said, unlike a theory, electric potential and gravity can be experienced directly.

    If we are quibbling about the names - say the notion that something has "17KV of potential" - I don't need to accept that notion in order to receive a shock. And I can repeat the experience any time I like.
     
  11. Jan 22, 2009 #10

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    You must have missed mgb_phys' signature. It certainly applied to the OP: "Warning this post may contain irony".
     
  12. Jan 22, 2009 #11

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    I was going to add an example about no one seeing these alleged germs that cause disease - but judging from the accupuncture, crystal healing, homeopathy etc I suspect this is the majority view!
     
  13. Jan 22, 2009 #12
    You can experience extinction. I think you are abusing the word "theory" here.
     
  14. Jan 22, 2009 #13

    Nabeshin

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    Sigh.

    What will it take for people to finally understand just how badly the "just a theory" argument fails?
     
  15. Jan 22, 2009 #14

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    What nonsense.

    Keep an open mind to crackpot theories that only have Christian Scripture as a jumping off point?
     
  16. Jan 22, 2009 #15
    Do they still teach that hypothesis<Theory<Law<Tribdog crap?
     
  17. Jan 22, 2009 #16
    I disagree. Tribdog >>> hypothesis >>> Theory >>> Law
     
  18. Jan 22, 2009 #17
    The proposed disclaimer seems pretty reasonable...
     
  19. Jan 22, 2009 #18
    In what way?
     
  20. Jan 23, 2009 #19
    as long as those are "greater than" symbols I have no problem with it
     
  21. Jan 23, 2009 #20

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    Damn you! I have been happily disease-free for several years, and now you drag those fictional "germs" back into my life. If I get the flu this winter, I'm going to hunt you down like a dog.
     
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